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COVID Update Monday 17th May 2021

From Monday 17th May 2021 the NOA is pleased to re-open its reserve hides to single households at a time. We will still be advising the wearing of a face covering when in NOA hides. Your continued understanding and support is very much appreciated.




Trial of Booking System for NWT Holme Dunes From Saturday 24th April



Owing to recent visitor numbers, NWT Holme Dunes Reserve is trialling a booking system for its Car Park. Until 6th September 2021 those members and visitors wishing to park in the NWT Car Park will need to book online for Weekends, Bank Holidays, or in School Holidays to ensure they can get a place. Booking is not necessary outside these times, and is not required for access to any other part of the reserve. Parking remains free for NWT members and blue badge holders.
This may affect many of our members, and we would like to clarify that NOA members do not need to book to use the NOA car park at any time between dawn and dusk. For NOA members who also belong to NWT and wish to visit both reserves, please park in the NOA car park if you do not wish to book in advance for the Holme Dunes Reserve Car Park.

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 19th March 2019

Highlights today included three Red Kites over the Grazing Marsh, a male Crossbill around the pines early morning, two Tree Sparrows near the Firs and a healthy count of 32 Avocet on the Broadwater.
The sunshine also brought the Butterflies out, with Brimstone and Peacock recorded.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk hybrid Ring-billed Gull x Lesser Black-backed Gull ad still 4.05pm Blakeney harbour on saltings 1/3ml north of The Blakeney Hotel
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still mid a'noon on Thornham Pool
Norfolk hybrid Ring-billed Gull x Lesser Black-backed Gull ad still Blakeney harbour this morning
Norfolk Firecrest Blakeney at Friary Hills at east end by last gate
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose Cley NWT still
Norfolk 3.Stone Curlews Weeting Heath NWT at 2.03pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common NNR at 9.40am +showing well
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in dunes just before roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 10.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Jack Snipe Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR still on island at 10.24am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins late morning (+2+Mealy Redpolls) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 5+Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT from main hide at 10.55am. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Pool
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still from viewing platform at 9.25am +2.fem.Scaup
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney at Gold Hill by A1101 suspension bridge PE14 9TF
Norfolk Water Pipit on Sunday Cley NWT at Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) on Saturday still Salthouse on bird table in garden
Norfolk Quail male singing Felmingham